Tuesday 14 January 2020

Watch out for the giant pandas...

Oh gosh Gail, I see you have a new pair of socks. And might I say, what an excellent design. I'm guessing they were a gift?

Your guess is spot on Bertie. A Christmas present from my friends John and Fran├žoise in fact. Wasn't that thoughtful of them? The are super comfortable too, being made from a blend of cotton and bamboo.

Bamboo! But Gail, that is what giant pandas eat, is it not? Oh no, I'm so worried! What if you ran into a panda and it attacked you for your socks? Just think, Tian Tian and Yang Guang in Edinburgh Zoo might at any time escape and head north, and they would obviously be very hungry after rampaging up the (bamboo free) A90 for over a hundred miles...

Bertie, you are being ridiculous! The only panda we are likely to see in Aberdeen is 'Panda', my childhood toy, who is sitting on the mantelpiece. 

Hmmmm. I hope this is true Gail. And by the way, I'm thinking you weren't the most creative child when it came to naming your toys, were you? You had two teddy bears, Mr and Mrs Teddy, I believe. And a lamb named Lambkin, and a golliwog (which, may I remind you, is very politically incorrect these days) known as Golly?

Right, as always, Bertie!


  1. we love the names you picked for your toys!! the mama named her plush monkey Fred, her uncle fred was not amused LOL

  2. Oh Bertie they are most wonderful socks...I bought a few pair from Clark's a shoe store.
    Sis of Angel Madi had a stuffed giant panda named Biggy and a Koala named Poppy (and she still has them)
    As for Panda...ummmm...I think maybe could use a new pair of socks.
    Hugs Cecilia

  3. PS Very nice to see a photo of Hamish holding court over the house and I love that clock

  4. Hari OM
    What smart socks indeed. Fret not Bertie lad, I am certain the pandas in Edinburgh get sufficient supplies of edible bamboo to prevent them sniffing out Gail's footcloths!!!

    As long as efurrybuddy knows who they are, what's in a name..? Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  5. Well Bertie - you surely put Gail in her place! You told her! Next time she'll choose something more adventurous to call her toys.
    But hang on, she might have given you a really awful name - something totally unsuited to the handsome Bertie we all know and love. She might have called you Babykins or Smoochi or - well there are lots of really terrible names out there!
    We do love those socks though!

    Inca xx

    1. To be honest Inca, I consider myself fortunate not to have been christened 'Dog'!

  6. Those sure are cute socks. We think little Panda is in great shape too. How lucky to have a cherished friend from childhood still with you.

  7. How special for Gail to have her childhood panda and he looks in pretty good shape to us! Love the socks!

  8. We sure hope Gail knows just how lucky she is to have you always looking out for her best interests...and her choice of names ;-)
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  9. You know, Bertie, I was recently reflecting on the, ahem, lack of imagination, or perhaps simple accuracy in naming my toddler toys: Brownie Bear (he was brown), Bruin (she was pink), Miss Kitty, Floppy Dog (with long ears). On their honeymoon, my parents went to Montreal, where they acquired Jacques (Bear). Apparently, creativity was reserved for adult toys! Thanks for an enjoyable post, as always./Fay, cardis3, SPoo

  10. HER generic scottie socks have holes in them now, they're so old. Hope the bamboo wears well. Great design.

    We see Hamish on the mantlepiece as well!!

  11. Those socks are very nice, but we have a sock thief here - Misty just LOVES to snitch the clean or dirty socks from the laundry basket:)

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  12. That your childhood friend has a prominent place on your mantel shows what a good mom you are.

  13. OMD, those are FABulous socks!!!! And, Ma loves the PANDAS!!! she is nutty abouts them, and thinks Gail's Panda is adorables! Ma also sucks at namin' of the stuffies....
    Ruby ♥

  14. I love those socks!!!!!! And I'm glad that Gail was more creative when she named *you* Bertie!

  15. It's great that you have your childhood teddy. I remember mine, although I don't have it anymore.

  16. Socks Gail got Socks why Lee loves socks with Scots on them.
    Your Friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  17. Hahaha with the names for Gail's toys! Bertie, you are lucky she didn't name you "doggie!"

    Kiki and Rosie